To L. H. Morgan 11 August 1
Down. | Beckenham | Kent. S.E.
I am much obliged for your extremely kind letter & your present of the concluding chapter, which I am sure I shall read with the greatest interest.2 In one respect it is fortunate for me that you are compelled to leave England so soon, for I shd. have been much disappointed at not being able to receive you here, & this I could not have done, as I am pledged to a visit for 10 days or a fortnight to a friend, & we all leave home very early on Saturday morning.3
I fully agree with your remarks on the extreme importance of studying the habits & institutions, if they can be so called, of savages. I have had lately to attend a little to this subject, as I have sent my M.S. to the Printers for a work on the “Descent of man”; but I have chiefly to treat of veritably primeval times before man was fully man.—4
With much respect for your admirable investigations, believe me | Dear Sir | Yours very faithfully | Ch. Darwin
Thanks LHM for concluding chapter [to Systems of consanguinity and affinity of the human family (1871)]. Agrees that it is important to study the habits and institutions of savages.
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- Darwin, C. R.
- Morgan, L. H.
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Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 7300,” accessed on 30 March 2017, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-7300